Where we're from, and where we've been, go a long way towards shaping who we are today. Here's just a little bit about my background and the things I do.
Early in August 1987, I arrived in this world. I was born into a Parsi family in Mumbai, India. My time there was brief, but it was time enough for my younger (only) sister also to make her way into this world.
At the very beginning of 1990, my family packed up and moved to Sydney, Australia. At the time, I was only 2 years old and no doubt made mum & dad's life a lot harder than it already was. It's only now that I realize the sacrifices they made so that I could have the best possible shot at life.
At the age of 25, I made the biggest (and best) decision of my life. Packing my bags, quitting my job, and jumping on a plane, I landed in Taiwan. I studied Chinese for the next year. Sometime during that year, I realized that I was actually happy with life, and decided to try and make Taiwan home. I've now lived and worked here for over six years.
To be honest, my first six months in Taiwan were tough. I was lonely and even starting to get a bit homesick. When I saw a flyer in a local bar for a Touch Footy league, I thought I'd give it a try. Since then, through Touch, I've made lifelong friends both in Taiwan and overseas. It's fair to say that the sport has contributed a lot of my life, and is one of the main factors behind my decision to stay in Taiwan.
I've been a Touch referee for almost 5 years now. It has seen me develop from a shy, unsure young man into a confident, assertive slightly older man. On top of being a huge character builder, it has allowed me to travel around Asia and develop many friendships with both players and other referees throughout the region. This picture was taken during the 2018 Japan Nationals Men's Open Final.